'''Hippolyte Delehaye, Society of Jesus|S.J.
, 19 August 1859 – Brussels
, 1 April 1941) was a Belgian Jesuit
who was a hagiography|hagiographic scholar
and an outstanding member of the Bollandist
s, who established critical editions of texts relating to the Christian saint
s and martyr
s that were based on applying the critical method
of sound archaeological and documentary scholarship to the texts. This critical approach encountered difficulties, within the Jesuit Order
, within the Holy Office and among "integralist" opponents of critical approaches.
[Detailed in Bernard Joassart's study concentrating on the ''Légendes'', ''Hippolyte Delehaye. Hagiographie critique et modernisme'' (Subsidia Hagiographica, '''81'''), 2 vols. (Brussels : Société Bollandiste) 2000; a chapter is devoted to Delehaye in Lawrence Barmann and J.T.Talar, eds., ''Sanctity and Secularity During... ]